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Reuse of Olive Mill Wastewater for producing new antioxidant tanning chemicals

Total Cost €


EC-Contrib. €






Project "TANNOW" data sheet

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Organization address
address: VIA DI TEGULAIA 10 A
city: PISA
postcode: 56100

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 Coordinator Country Italy [IT]
 Project website
 Total cost 71˙429 €
 EC max contribution 50˙000 € (70%)
 Programme 1. H2020-EU.3.5. (SOCIETAL CHALLENGES - Climate action, Environment, Resource Efficiency and Raw Materials)
2. H2020-EU.2.3.1. (Mainstreaming SME support, especially through a dedicated instrument)
 Code Call H2020-SMEINST-1-2015
 Funding Scheme SME-1
 Starting year 2016
 Duration (year-month-day) from 2016-03-01   to  2016-08-31


Take a look of project's partnership.

# participants  country  role  EC contrib. [€] 
1    LABORATORI ARCHA SRL IT (PISA) coordinator 50˙000.00
2    B.C.N. CONCERIE SPA IT (SANTA CROCE SULL'ARNO) participant 0.00
3    DERMOCHIMICA SPA IT (MILANO) participant 0.00


 Project objective

Olive Mill Wastewater (OMW) is a highly polluted medium produced in large quantities during olive milling, rich of several polyphenolic compounds, which limit OMW biodegradability in conventional treatment processes. For olive oil producers OMW represents a problem and a disposal cost. Such polyphenols are interesting because of their tanning behavior and high antioxidant strength. The innovation proposed is to transform OMW from waste into raw material with a stabilization process, promoting also highly antioxidant phenols enrichment, to be used in tanning step as medium process in place of water and tannin chemicals, and as reaction medium to produce a new class of antioxidant tanning resin. The goal of TANNOW is to start-up a business initiative, where OMW is collected, transformed and used to produce innovative Cr-free leather articles, or to prevent the oxidation of Cr into carcinogenic Cr VI in Cr-tanned leather. TANNOW intends to answer to the needs of the olive oil producers in terms of valorization of OMW from a waste into a new raw material, and to the needs of the leather users who intends to ban Cr-tanned articles by 2020. The removal of chrome salts in tanning process will have positive impacts on workers and consumers health and on downstream wastewater management. Such problems have certainly an EU dimension, because Europe is the main producer of olive oil and the world leader in leather production. The feasibility assessment will prove the soundness of the business model, confirm evidence of the actual market demand and attractiveness of the products, and describe the minimum operative size of the equipment that covers the initial sales plan, in order to start-up and implement in phase two the production of stabilized OMW, derived tanning resins and Cr-free leather for their commercialization.

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